The Twenty-First Meeting of the Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA XXI) was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 10 May 2005, preceded by the 2nd HAPUA Working Committee Meeting held on 9 May 2005.

HAPUA XXI was graced and officially opened by HE Dr Nam Viyaketh, Vice-Minister of Industry and Handicraft of Lao PDR.

Mr. Viraphonh Viravong, General Manager of Electricite’ du Laos, chaired the HAPUA XXI, with YBhg. Dato’ Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, President/CEO of Tenaga Nasional Berhad Malaysia, as Vice-Chairman.

HAPUA XXI thanked the ASEAN Ministers on Energy (AMEM) for their approval at the 22nd AMEM in Manila, Philippines in June 2004 of the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which elevated HAPUA from a Forum into a Council that directly reports to AMEM.

HAPUA XXI deliberated on the action plan to implement the strategic agenda for the ASEAN electricity sector set by the ASEAN Leaders in the Vientiane Action Programme (VAP) 2004-2010 and by the ASEAN Energy Ministers under the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2004-2009.

The HAPUA Council agreed to collectively work towards the formulation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on ASEAN Power Grid (APG), for its adoption at the HAPUA XXII and acceptance for signing at the 24th AMEM in 2006. The HAPUA Council also agreed on the expeditious implementation of the APG’s five power interconnection projects. The HAPUA Council welcomed the completion of the supporting feasibility studies in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The HAPUA Council also welcomed the interest of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to extend financial assistance for ASEAN’s power interconnection projects.

The HAPUA Council acknowledged the progress of the various projects/activities of the eight Working Groups established under the new HAPUA MOU. These Working Groups are Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Renewable Energy and Environment, Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) Services, Resource Development, Power Quality and Reliability, and Human Resources. The HAPUA Council endorsed the proposed work plan and budget for CY 2005 of the HAPUA Secretariat hosted by PT PLN (Persero) of Indonesia.

HAPUA XXI was attended by member utilities from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. Staff members from the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Centre for Energy, and HAPUA Secretariat also attended.

HAPUA XXII will be held in Malaysia in May 2006.

HAPUA XXI was held in the traditional spirit of ASEAN cordiality and solidarity.